A patent was issued for the first FAX machine circa 1843. This morning I made a trip to the local copy center to send a FAX authorization to California for a copy of a birth certificate. They no longer offer FAX service. Drove down the street to an Office Max and struck out there too. Went home where I found we had a "newer" FAX/copy machine in storage for the past 10 years and sent off the three pages myself.